November 12. 2017 9:16PM

Dems sweep Nashua: Mixed results in Manchester


For the past two years, Mayor Jim Donchess has been forced to, creative ways to work around aldermen and the city charter to spend money.

That probably won’t be a problem for the next two years.

In the Gate City’s supposedly nonpartisan elections, Democrats swept Republicans out of City Hall, ousting the few voices of fiscal sanity working to hold Donchess in check.

The Democratic wave that flooded Nashua and elections around the country didn’t crest in Manchester.

Yes, Joyce Craig ousted Ted Gatsas as mayor. But conservatives held off liberal challengers and even knocked off liberal incumbents.

Nashua voters narrowly supported a nonbinding question on turning the former Alec’s Shoe Store building into a downtown performing arts center. It was close, but likely enough to prompt the new board of aldermen to move forward with the $15.5 million bond to fund the project.

Manchester taxpayers still have several aldermanic allies to protect them. Nashua taxpayers could be in for a rough two years.